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KPDNHEP, customs to curb profiteering

Dr Wan Azizah (third left) and Saifuddin at the launch with Christina (second left).

18th September, 2018

KENINGAU: Deputy Prime Minister wants Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry (KPDNHEP) to work with Customs Department to curb profiteering by irresponsible businessmen.

Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said stern action should be taken against them which serves as a lesson to others to be more ethical in conducting their business, especially after the government implemented Sales and Services Tax (SST).

“As consumers, it is also important for us to know our rights and roles so that others do not take advantage.

“Consumers have to play their roles to determine the price of goods in the market. This can be done when we plan and control our expenditure wisely,” she said, adding people should be wise in spending by comparing prices at different shops.

Dr Wan Azizah was speaking while officiating Empowerment of Consumers community programme at Sekolah Menengah Ken Hwa hall here. Present was KPDNHEP Minister Datuk Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.

She also urged consumers to be Friends of KPDNHEP and become its eyes and ears to assist enforcement.

“The ministry has prepared many platforms for people to channel their complaints including via WhatsApp application.

“It is undeniable that we have limited staff, therefore, I call consumers to assist the government to channel information,” she said.

Dr Wan Azizah, who is also Women and Family Development Minister, said she was concerned about consumerism and always introduced programmes to reduce cost of living.

“For example, the Food Bank Malaysia programme is to assist people in the B40 category and those from rural areas such as Keningau. “I believe Food Bank Malaysia programme will be a starting point to absorb the impact of increasing cost of living and reduce food wastage. I also recommend shopping malls, manufacturers, and hoteliers to join in this programme,” she added.

Food Bank Malaysia programme is an initiative by shopping malls to contribute food to less fortunate people. Also present was Deputy Chief Minister, Christina Liew.

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